It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban, which was formally triggered when the Department of Sanitation ruled that expanded polystyrene foam was not recyclable (evidence to the contrary notwithstanding), includes a six month moratorium on the issuance of fines for violation, pushing the full effective date out to January 1, 2016. Mayor de Blasio announced the ban last Thursday and that same day, Dunkin Donuts corporate announced that all 536 DD shops within the five boroughs of New York City will comply with the ban. Expect other cities around the country to renew similar initiatives in the wake of the NYC decision.